Ray La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in a news article about the results of a new UMass Poll that examined fears of potential violence at the polls during the upcoming midterm elections. “Obviously, if people don’t think it’s fair, they’re going to get angry,” La Raja says, referring to the poll’s findings that a majority of Republicans were “not very confident” or “not at all confident” that the results would be fair if their own party lost, and that nearly half of all respondents said they were either concerned or very concerned about the possibility of violence associated with the 2022 midterm elections. “It’s possible some of them might be inclined to violence. It’s crucial how close the election is and how the candidate behaves.” ( Newsweek, MSN.com, 10/29/22; News Office release).
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